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Northbrook Community Nursery

2700 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60065

(847) 272-5430


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Northbrook Community Nursery School, through the cooperation of its staff, Board of Directors, and parents, is committed to meeting the social, emotional and intellectual needs of each child. We strive to facilitate this development within a nuturing environment that enables each child to recognize his or her full potential.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

On a typical day at Northbrook Community Nursery School, you would see:
• Happy and engaged children exploring their environment and playing with peers
• Nurturing teachers engaged with both individuals and groups of children
• Classrooms which are set up to be inviting to the children and enhance their skills in math, science, language, art, social studies, and literacy
• A balance of active and quiet play, as well as free play and teacher directed play
• Students gathering together for small and large group activities
• The private outdoor playground bustling with activity
• Brightly colored classrooms displaying the children’s art
• Children dictating or writing creative stories
• Quiet, comfortable reading nooks where children can cozy up to their favorite books
• Children enjoying a nutritious snack with their peers and teachers, fostering social interaction
• Children dressing up and role playing in our dramatic play and housekeeping area

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year